Sunday, 31 August 2014

Press release issued about the huge increase in Jetblack 1 bus fares for some Theale residents

Theale Councillor Fights Bus Fares Hike

Alan Macro, Councillor for Theale on West Berkshire Council, is fighting a near 60% increase in bus fares that would affect many Theale residents using the popular JetBlack 1 service. The hike is the result of moving the boundary of the simplyReading flat fare scheme from the edge of the village to its centre.  Councillor Macro said "Reading Buses are moving the flat fare boundary from the Wigmore Lane bus stop to the stop at The Crown. This increases the single fare for travelling between the affected stops and Reading from £1-90 to £3-00. To travel from those stops to Sainsbury's at Calcot increases from £1-20 to £1-90. Reading Buses have told me that this is to help pay for an additional bus on the route and to make up for reduced payments from West Berkshire Council for use of pensioners' bus passes. It is very unfair to ask Theale residents to pick up the tab!"

Councillor Macro has set up an on-line petition against the big rise. Readers can sign it at www.theale.org.uk/bus-fare-petition.

ENDS

Friday, 29 August 2014

Please sign petition to stop bus fares rising by 60% for many Theale residents

I'm raising a petition asking West Berkshire Council to urge Reading Buses to reverse the simplyReading fare boundary change that increases fares by 60% for many Theale residents. Please sign the petition and pass it on.

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council
www.theale.org.uk

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Thursday, 28 August 2014

Trying to stop 60% hike in bus fares for some Theale residents

A resident alerted me that Reading Buses are changing the boundary of the simplyReading fares and that this would mean that fares for many Theale residents travelling into Reading would jump from £1-90 to £3-00 from 1st September (thank you, John).

I saw the following notices on the bus stop outside Theale Library:



The change will mean that passengers sing the bus stops between Wigmore Lane and The Crown would have to pay nearly 60% more.

Unfortunately, West Berkshire Council have no say in the matter as the Jetblack 1 is a "commercial" service.

I have written to the Chief Executive of Reading Buses asking him to reconsider the change.

I have also started this petition against the change.

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council
www.theale.org.uk

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Friday, 22 August 2014

Theale children are really enjoying the new skatepark!

The fencing around the new skatepark on Theale recreation ground came down today. The children didn't wait long to make the most of the new facility:



Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council
www.theale.org.uk

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Planning application for Theale Motor Works site withdrawn

Planning application 14/01322/OUTMAJ to build 10 flats on the Theale Motor Works car sales site is being withdrawn.

This is the old filling station site at the corner of Church Street with Station Road.

The applicant has told me that he will submit another planning application after discussions with West Berks Council planning officers.

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council
www.theale.org.uk

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Saturday, 16 August 2014

Skatepark in Theale will be ready for use next Saturday

Construction of the skatepark was completed this week, as these photos show:



However, it will take some time for the turf to get established. The security fencing will therefore be taken down in time for the skatepark to first be used next Saturday (23rd August).

The parish council asks that everyone respects this.

The skatepark will be officially opened by a "celebrity" at a later date.

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council
www.theale.org.uk

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Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Amended: Height of planned IKEA Calcot store reduced

I have been hearing rumours for a while that the IKEA were planning to reduce the height of their planned store in Pincents Lane, Calcot, by one floor.

This has been confirmed this week by this article in Retail Week.

It will involve a 13% reduction in floor area from 38,000 square metres to 33,000 square metres.

IKEA expect to submit a new planning application to West Berkshire Council in the autumn.

The reduction in height should reduce the impact of the store as seen from Theale, though we will have to wait to see the new plans to be sure. IKEA have not said whether they are expecting fewer customers, though the article says "The move reflects the growth of online shopping and also consumers’ desire to shop more conveniently." Fewer customers would, of course, mean less traffic.

I am worried, though, that IKEA may want to reduce the amount that they pay towards road improvements as a result of the reduced size.

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council
www.theale.org.uk

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